JIM WELTE. Writer. Editor.

Ben Stiller Closes Out Mill Valley Film Festival With Journey-Laden ‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

Over 11 days this month, the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival took movie lovers on a journey that spanned a wide-eyed German book lover during the World War II to the brutality of slavery with a 30th anniversary look back at George Lucas’ Return of the Jedi. The festival closed Sunday night with a film that took the audience of a […]

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October 29, 2013 Film, Patch

Steve McQueen’s Brilliant, Brutal “12 Years a Slave” Leaves Audience Gasping at MVFF36

In the weeks leading up to the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival, organizers proudly touted the fact that each of the past five Academy Award winners for Best Picture screened at the 11-day festival. They might be able to make it six. 12 Years a Slave, the new film from acclaimed director Steve McQueen, screened at […]

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October 14, 2013 Film, Patch

Thomas Dolby to Unveil ‘Invisible Lighthouse’ Transmedia Show at MVFF36

The phrase “one-of-a-kind performance” gets bandied about in excess, but an Oct. 10 event at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre as part of the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival might boast enough rarities to qualify. Thomas Dolby, the British musician and technology pioneer whose song “She Blinded Me With Science” became a hit in 1982, is debuting a live show in […]

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October 1, 2013 Features, Film, Music, Patch, Q & A

Dengue Fever and The Lost World: May 5th at the Castro Theatre, SF – 5.8.09

By: Jim Welte | published on May 8, 2009 Dengue Fever andThe Lost World May 5th at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco With funky basslines, surf guitar, stout brass, and a Cambodian pop princess as its singer, the sound of Dengue Fever is otherworldly. So it was little surprise that the LA-based band proved a perfect match as the […]